Looking for a killer pick for your turntable this weekend? Pantera's final studio album Reinventing the Steel recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and the celebrate, the metal legends put out a brand-new vinyl version, limited to just 5000 copies. We've gone under the hood and are here to share five things we love about this new set.
A pulse-pounding new remix. Terry Date produced all of Pantera's albums of the '90s, from Cowboys from Hell forward. Though he didn't work on Reinventing the Steel originally, he was called in for this new reissue to mix the album. The result is a fresh spin on an old favorite.
Killer bonus cuts. This new edition features a bonus vinyl packed with eight rare recordings including B-sides, radio edits and covers. Now you don't have to track down some rare promos or a soundtrack to some movie you didn't know about to hear the guys take on Black Sabbath's "Hole in the Sky" and "Electric Funeral" or Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever" - they're all included here.
A nice weekend read. If you can stop yourself from thrashing around the room while the album is playing, you might want to kick back and dig the liner notes on the album by Rolling Stone writer Kory Grow, who gets in deep on what made this album so special.
Songs that won't quit. When's the last time you really stepped back and listened to Reinventing the Steel? Songs like "Goddamn Electric," "We'll Grind That Axe for a Long Time" and "I'll Cast a Shadow" go hard, but they have a lot of heart as well. After last year, who wouldn't want to find the secret of eternal youth, or put your trust in whiskey, weed and Slayer? Pantera's saying what we're all feeling, man.
The Abbott brothers, forever. Together, guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul were two of the most formidable players in metal history. We still miss them so much, but thanks to the revisited Reinventing the Steel, their work lives on even longer.